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UMKC’s misleading march to the top

For years, UMKC’s Bloch School struggled for dollars and recognition as it sought to join the nation’s elite business schools. That all changed in 2011 when UMKC vaulted above Harvard, MIT and Stanford in rankings for innovation management research, on the heels of Henry Bloch’s $32 million gift to the school for a state-of-the-art facility. But behind UMKC’s rise to No. 1, a trail of exaggerations, misstatements, selective science and nondisclosures raises questions about the validity of the rankings.

Business

Compass Minerals reports quarterly loss

The Overland Park-based company, which is one of the nation’s largest suppliers of highway de-icing salt, attributed the loss to early debt redemption and an expected increase in its 2014 tax rate. Compass also said sales increased to $186.6 million from $173.8 million in the second quarter last year

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Rubber band gun business on target for KC man

Bob Coulston of Kansas City, North, is the founder of Bandit Guns, which makes multiple-action rubber band guns. Since it opened as a business in 2012, Bandit Guns has sold more than 10,000 of its rubber band shotguns in 36 countries, with more models on the way.

New City Market vendor offers gourmet snacks

Hungry Monkey Party Bites has set up a kitchen at 106 E. Fifth St. with a goal of “transcending the bounds of the ordinary snack.” It plans to start selling its flavored popcorn, nuts, cookies and other treats at the City Market starting Saturday.

New City Market vendor offers gourmet snacks

Hungry Monkey Party Bites has set up a kitchen at 106 E. Fifth St. with a goal of “transcending the bounds of the ordinary snack.” It plans to start selling its flavored popcorn, nuts, cookies and other treats at the City Market starting Saturday.

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Make sure your college student has insurance protection

Before your student leaves the nest, find out whether your homeowner policy will cover his stuff while at school, and figure out what to do about car insurance while he’s gone. If your child is studying abroad this semester or next, don’t overlook the health insurance page in the information package.

Make sure your college student has insurance protection

Before your student leaves the nest, find out whether your homeowner policy will cover his stuff while at school, and figure out what to do about car insurance while he’s gone. If your child is studying abroad this semester or next, don’t overlook the health insurance page in the information package.

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Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

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Fast food workers vow civil disobedience

Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience.

Business

Amazon is testing the patience of shareholders

Amazon remains one of the most highly valued companies in the U.S., yet the business is losing some of its sheen as profits are dragged down by investments that CEO Jeff Bezos is making in cloud computing, warehouses and gadgets. Though shareholders have been patient, they’re increasingly seeking signs that the long-term strategy will work.